Monday, December 5, 2011

No Bruins, no problems

The second hottest team in the NHL appear to be no problem for the Maple Leafs as they defeated the Rangers 4-2 in MSG. This was just the second loss at home in regulation time for the Rangers. The only other loss was also to the Leafs. The win also snapped a five-game winning streak for the Rangers. It seems the Bruins have their number but fortunately the Leafs only face them two more times during the regular season.

Good - Jonas Gustavsson was fantastic tonight. This was one of those rare games this season where you could say the goalie stole the game. He made some of his best saves in the third when the Rangers were pressing for the tying goal.

Bad - After getting out-muscled by the Bruins the Leafs were pushed around by the Rangers as well. The only exceptions were Dion Phanuef, Luke Schenn and Dave Steckel who threw some big hits during the game.

Good - This had to have been the best game played by Joffrey Lupul who was dominant while out on the ice. He has a powerplay goal but easily could have scored another pair if not for Henrik Linqvist. Lupul finished the night with 7 shots on net and his 13th goal of the season.

Bad - The Leafs controlled the game for the first 30 minutes and then let up which allowed the Rangers to get back into the game. After that they needed a strong game from The Monster to salvage the win.

Good - Penalty killing was pretty good. The only goal allowed was on a 5 on 3. The Leafs powerplay scored once and would have had more if not for Linqvist.

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